Philippines: NDCC media update - Typhoon "Reming" (Durian) 30 Nov 2006

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 30 Nov 2006
Releasing Officer: GLENN J RABONZA, Administrator, OCD and Executive Officer, NDCC
DATE : 30 November 2006 as of 12:00 NN

I. Background

Typhoon "Reming" has made landfall over the southern part of Catanduanes and is now heading towards Camarines Provinces.

At 10:00 AM today, the center was located in the vicinity of Virac, Catanduanes (13.4 ºN, 124.3ºE) or 60 kms east northeast of Legaspi City with maximum sustained winds of 190 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 225 kph moving west at 15 kph.

Typhoon "Reming" is expected to make a second landfall over the eastern coast of Camarines Sur this afternoon and then cross Camarines Provinces tonight.

It will be in the vicinity of Tayabas, Quezon or 70 kms east southeast of Metro Manila by early tomorrow morning and 160 kms west of Iba, Zambales on Saturday morning and 490 kms west of Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning.

Public Storm Warning Signals (PSWS) are hoisted over the following areas:

PSWS No. 4

Catanduanes, Albay Camarines, Provinces

PSWS No. 3

Sorsogon, Burias Islan, Polilio Island

Quezon, Marinduque

PSWS No. 2

Masbate, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces including Lubang Island

Batangas, Cavite, Laguna

Rizal, Bulacan, Aurora

Bataan, Metro Manila, Northern Samar

PSWS No. 1

Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Zambales

Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan

Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya

Quirino, Isabel, Rest of Samar

Biliran Island, Calamian Group

Residents living in low -lying areas under PSWS are alerted against flashfloods and landslides while those living in coastal areas under PSWS 2, 3 and 4 are advised to seek higher grounds due to possible storm surge.

II. Consequence Management and Coordinating Activities

NDCC-OPCEN

a. Continuously disseminated flood advisories on waterways/rivers systems likely to be affected by the moderate to heavy rains for the next 24 hours to concerned DCCs in Regions V (Bicol Region) and VIII (Samar and Leyte Provinces).

b. Issued Severe Weather Bulletins and Advisories to Chairmen, RDCCs, OCDRCs and concerned Provincial Governors of Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VIII, and NCR to initiate preparedness measures and to effectively respond to any possible effects in their respective areas of responsibility. The AFP Command Center, DOH-HEMS, DA, DSWD-DROMIC and PNRC were also provided with said advisories.

c. Directed local disaster coordinating councils (DCCs) concerned to undertake monitoring and precautionary measures and further advised to alert response teams/units in their respective regions.

d. Recommended to OES the suspension of classes in all levels (Elementary, High School and College) in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas and Rizal.

e. Coordinated with DOTC for the suspension of bus trips from Manila to the Visayas area via Bicol to avoid further influx of stranded passengers.

f. DSWD activated its Emergency Management Teams (EMTs) and Quick Action and Response Teams (QUARTs) for technical assistance and resource augmentation. Field Offices III, IV-A, IV-B, and V have sufficient standby funds and stockpile of relief commodities for possible relief operations.

Region V

Coordinated with PCG-D8 /PPA Tabaco for the latest update of stranded passengers and with PDCC Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur for the number of evacuees

DPWH 5 pre-positioned one (1) truck at the OCDRCV for emergency transport

Local Government Units in Catanduanes and Albay initiated evacuation of residents in barangays located along the coastal areas. Some evacuees in Virac, Catanduanes opted to stay with their relatives.

III. Effects

A. Affected Population

Region V (Partial Evacuation Report)

Evacuees
Province/Municipality Origin No. of Families No. of Persons Evacuation Centers
Legazpi City, Albay Bitano Victory Village 100 Ibalong Centrum for Recreation
Rawis 40 40 PPA - RO5
Libmanan, Camarines Sur 3 27 SK Building
Virac, Catanduanes Brgys. Francia, Rawis and San Vicente 23 120 Operations Center Capitol Building
Total 1 14

B. Stranded Passengers and Vehicles (as of 5:00 AM)

Region
Port
Persons
Trucks
Small Vehicles
Passenger Bus
Vessels
IV
Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
1,000
-
-
-
-
Dalahican, Quezon
90
48
-
-
-
Batangas City
350
70
-
-
-
Occi Mindoro
36
-
-
-
-
Sub-total
1,476
118
-
-
-
V
Tabaco, Albay
319
7
-
1
-
Virac, Catanduanes
5
-
1
1
-
Pasacao, Cam Sur
2
-
1
-
1
Pilar, Sorsogon
95
-
-
-
10
Bulan, Sorsogon
8
-
-
-
-
Matnog, Sorsogon
1,444
42
11
30
2
Sub-total
1,873
49
13
32
13
Total
3,349
98
26
64
26


C. Transport, Communication and Power

The Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled their flights from Manila to Legaspi City and vice versa as of 7:00 AM today, 30 November 2006

Ferry trips from Allen, Eastern Samar to Matnog, Sorsogon were suspended as of 6:00 PM, 29 November 2006

TransCo reported that the following province: Albay Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and part of Quezon Province. have total power loss. Other provinces like Laguna, Cavite and Batangas are normal as of this report.

PAGASA Virac radar is on preventive shut down to avoid destruction fro TY Reming... Communication with Virac PAGASA station limited to HF Single Side Band (SSB).

D. Waterways in Region Likely to be Affected

Rivers and streams in Samar area particularly Catarman River; Catubig River; Orias, Dolores, Olot and Taft Rivers, Suribao River; LLorento River, Basey, Silaga, Calbiga, Gandara and ibatan Rivers including its allied rivers and tributaries.

People living near the mountain slopes and in the low-lying areas of the above mentioned are advised to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides river systems in the province.

III. Humanitarian Assistance

LGUs of Batangas City, Real, Quezon, Tabaco, Albay, Virac, Catanduanes, Pasacao, Camarines Sur, Pilar, Bulan and Matnog, Sorsogon provided assistance to stranded passengers in the affected ports.